Production Operator

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Chicago 71st, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22294 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

The Production Operator ensures a safe work environment, handles, stores, and transports chemical materials, operates, monitors, and controls continuous batch processes.

  • Maintain a safe work environment by wearing the correct PPE and adhering to all safety policies
  • Operate equipment such as mixers, pumps, belt dryers, spray dryers, mills, filters, cranes, heat exchangers, packaging equipment, calciners, boilers, and other plant equipment.
  • Responsible for the proper operation of the processes using field controls & PLC/DCS's, and troubleshooting process issues
  • Consistently completes operator standard work in a timely manner and takes accountability for actions
  • Respond to emergency situations, including emergency shutdown; complete plant data sheets, environmental reports, inventory sheets, forklift inspection reports, etc. as requested, and housekeeping
  • Provide routine minor maintenance to process equipment and instrumentation using small hand tools
  • Sample and analyze plant material to maintain quality standards and take corrective action as needed
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. 
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to high places; fumes or airborne particles; chemicals (acids and bases); outside weather conditions; heat; noise and vibration


  • Ability to observe safety rules and practices and wear all safety-related equipment required by the specific task being performed.
  • Ability to read warning signs, hazard labels, operating procedures, and log sheets. Hear warning sirens and emergency evacuation alarms.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions and understand units of measure in both English and metric system.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, and climb or balance. 
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds with assistance. 
  • Basic computer skills required
  • Forklift certification

Required Qualifications

  • 1 to 2 years manufacturing experience in a similar industry OR Associate degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Chemical or Process Controls with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0
  • Applicants need to have strong reading (English), math and technical skills, and the ability to qualify on various processes and equipment in a dynamic and complex chemical manufacturing environment.
  • High school diploma (or GED) required


  • Competitive Wages - Annualized starting salary approximately $68,500.00
  • Straight Nights 36/48 Alternating schedule 
  • Company provided uniforms and laundry
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and supplemental life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Company Retirement Contribution Plan & 401k with company match
  • Twelve paid holidays

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago